Can I connect a DVD player to mac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JJBBB, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. JJBBB macrumors newbie

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    My mac mini DVD player isn't so great, especially with beaten up DVDs from video rental places. Despite cleaning, re-trying over and over and over, the problem (DVD freezes, takes a long while to recover enough for me to even eject the disc, etc.) keeps occurring. So frustrating! I don't have a TV nor do I want one, SO I'm wondering if anyone can tell me 1. if I can connect a standard DVD player to my mac mini, and 2. how would I go about doing this. Advice is much appreciated.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    Not directly to the mini without additional hardware but what monitor do you have, you may be able to connect it there?
     
  3. stealthninja macrumors member

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    you either need
    A. A DV converter box
    or B. a video camera with a firewire interface


    either way it's not going to be cheap:(
    sorry

    but couldn't you just connect the dvd player to monitor?
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Get a USB DVD drive. This is a computer type drive not a TV type device but the full size drives are so much better then those little notebook drive Apple like to use. I have an iMac and bought a Lite-on DVD for the reason you give. They are not expensive and will read discs the little Apple slot loaders can't

    Another case of Apple's "form over function" design
     
  5. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    what mac do you have and y doesn't it have a DVD drive?
     
  6. spookyzkat macrumors newbie

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    The advice works w/Mac Mini

    I bought the external DVD and YES it plays those pesky rentals. Thank You All!
     
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    plus 1 for the lite on dvd player/burner, i bought one too
    despite my iMac's superdrive is nearly brand new , but when it comes to dvd's playing its as fuzzy as it can get , never seen dvd burner that picky when it comes to playing ,
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Apparently the one in his mini isn't working well.
     

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